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From: The Socialist issue 837, 9 December 2014: No return to the 1930s

Search site for keywords: Aylesbury - Firefighters - Pensions - FBU - Matt Wrack

1,000 firefighters march to defend Ricky Matthews

FBU national demo in Aylesbury to reinstate Ricky Matthews, 9.12.14, photo Paul Mattsson

FBU national demo in Aylesbury to reinstate Ricky Matthews, 9.12.14, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Neil Cafferky

Over 1,000 firefighters from across the UK gathered in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, for a national demonstration on 9 December, their latest day of strike action over pensions.

Banners could be seen from Northern Ireland, Devon, Hull and London, among many others.

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national executive rep Ricky Matthews was employed by Buckinghamshire Fire Authority. He was sacked for taking part in the last round of strikes.

Reinstate Ricky Matthews! Aylesbury FBU demo, 09.12.14, photo by Neil Cafferky

Reinstate Ricky Matthews! Aylesbury FBU demo, 09.12.14, photo by Neil Cafferky   (Click to enlarge)

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: "We are here because we are not giving up on the pensions strike. We are sending a very clear message that this union doesn't allow people to be victimised without standing up for them."

The strikers marched to the fire authority headquarters.

The government's attempt to cut firefighters' pensions includes changing the retirement age from 55 to 60, which is certain to result in the workers failing capability tests and being dismissed before they retire.

FBU national protest in Aylesbury to demand the reinstatement of Ricky Matthews, photo Paul Mattsson

FBU national protest in Aylesbury to demand the reinstatement of Ricky Matthews, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)


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